'The Sinner': Three burning questions we need answered in season 2 episode 2
As the first episode left several clues as to why a child would commit a crime, episode 2 might answer our questions about what led to such a turn of events.
The second season of 'The Sinner' opened with a bang. As Detective Harry Ambrose returns to his hometown Keller to help Heather investigate a strange case, he soon finds himself reeling under the memories of his mother and his childhood trauma.
Unlike the first season, this time, the case involves an 11-year-old who kills his parents in cold blood. In the first episode, Julian kills his parents, Mr and Mrs Lowry, while they stopped at a motel during their trip to the Niagara Falls. Julian does confess that he had poisoned his parents with gypsum weed (also known as devil's snare). One characteristic of the weed is that people do not even fathom its poisonous feature, most of the time it almost goes unnoticed by any passerby. The sheer genius of 'The Sinner' is right here that Julian too would never come across as murderer due to his tender age.
Episode 1 has left behind several clues from where episode 2 will probably pick up. So, here are three significant things to look out for in the next episode:
1. Who is Vera?
Vera introduces herself as Julian's mother when she comes to visit him at the police station. But how can that be? Julian's mother is already dead. Does that mean that Vera is his biological mother whereas Mrs. Lowry is his foster mother?
In the promo to episode 2, Vera tells Ambrose, "My son is so far beyond anything you can understand. You have no idea." But is she really talking about Julian or does she simply refer to Julian as her son because she (possibly) had lost her son ages ago? Maybe, episode 2 will help discover the real truth behind Vera. As the word cult resonates in the promo video, Vera's commune where she acts as an apparent therapist of odd means and of which Julian and his parents were also a part, it could be suspected that Vera has a big role to play behind the murder. She also tells Julain, "Don't tell anything to anyone." What is she hiding then? Maybe in episode 2 Vera's influence on Julian's life will gradually unfold, and probably that will lead to finding out the answer to "why".
2. "What were they gonna do with him?"
Ambrose has always been the kind of man who looks at things that others could easily miss out on. In episode 1, while going through Mr. and Mrs. Lowry's bags, he notices that the parents had not packed anything for their son.
The detective pins down a significant question here, "What kind of parents go on a trip and don't pack for their kids?" Heather immediately gasps at the thought that there's a probability of an impending danger on Julian from which he had only tried to save himself. It is also important to note, that Julian's face did not have the tiniest mark of satisfaction on his face when he was watching his parents die- just like Cora who was bewildered by her own act. Moreover, Julian was also a part of the same cult that his parents were in and as the theory goes every cult has some odd sacrificial rituals. Probably Julian was supposed to be his parents' sacrifice and he had killed them in order to defend himself.
3. What about Heather and Marin?
Season 2 is known for its multi-layered storytelling. Both Heather and Ambrose have an extremely strong background story attached to them. However, Heather's story might hold a significant part of the puzzle.
Heather's friend Marin had disappeared suddenly when she was 18 and no one has ever heard from her. However, apparently Heather points out to the fact that Marin had been a part of a commune who would lead an alternative way of living until one day she disappears. Maybe Marin's disappearance has something to do with a cult like Julian's and probably the two cases are far more related than expected. Probably episode 2 will touch upon Heather and Marin's relationship and how the cult has been responsible behind for her disappearance.
Watch the promo below: